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Shelves in Sainbury's, Holborn, emptied of kosher foods. Image: Colin Appleby

Britain’s anti-Semitic whiff of Weimar

18 August 2014 18:52

There is a whiff of Weimar in the air in Britain. Barely a week now passes without some further denigration caused by anti-Semitic, sorry, pro-Palestine demonstrators targeting businesses run by… Continue reading

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The Scottish National Party And Labour Battle For Control Of Glasgow In The Local Elections

Why is the SNP endorsing Israel haters?

13 August 2014 11:46

Regular readers will have noticed that I don’t like Islamic fundamentalists. Nor — though this is perhaps less often on display — do I much like Scottish Nationalists. Not just… Continue reading

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How far would this gruesome twosome go over Gaza?  (Photo by Ben Gurr - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

How far do the Lib Dems want to go over Gaza?

12 August 2014 18:14

Well, well, well. What’s all this then? Uncle Vince has announced the suspension of 12 export licenses to Israel. Here’s what he said: ‘We welcome the current ceasefire in Gaza… Continue reading

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Here's the (daily) proof of Hamas's murderous intent. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Owen Jones is lying about Israel. Plain and simple.

11 August 2014 17:22

Owen Jones’s column in the Guardian is headlined ‘Anti-Jewish hatred is rising – we must see it for what it is.’ Sadly the article falls well short of that headline’s… Continue reading

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Up yours George

11 August 2014 10:28

The most uplifting news of the weekend? Israeli tourists defied George Galloway’s decree that Bradford become an ‘Israeli-free zone’. Better even that: plenty of locals came out in sympathy with… Continue reading

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I am ashamed that anti-Semitism is sweeping Britain and Europe.(CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-Semitism in Britain makes me feel ashamed

8 August 2014 14:40

As silly seasons go, this August has been pretty rubbish, I have to say. Iraq heads the list of gloomy subjects, obviously, as 100,000 Christians and many more Yazidis flee… Continue reading

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The black flag of jihad is flying in Europe. (SAID KHATIB/AFP/GettyImages)

The black flag of ISIS is flying in London

8 August 2014 12:36

There is a phrase used of, and by, jihadists: ‘First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.’ Well there’s a fine example of this on display at the moment in… Continue reading

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MP George Galloway In Scotland To Give Speech Against Independent Scotland

George Galloway declares Bradford an ‘Israel free zone’

7 August 2014 16:28

Mr S doesn’t imagine that Israel is among Bradford’s major trading partners. But George Galloway has put the matter beyond doubt with this outburst. It’s raving (and chilling), even by Gorgeous George’s standards.… Continue reading

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Mayor Boris Johnson Launches London's West End Police Team

Podcast: Boris is back, Baroness Warsi’s resignation and the demise of the ‘nice girl’

7 August 2014 10:35

Here comes Boris! After he announced yesterday that he will stand as an MP in 2015, the next Tory leadership fight has just begun. Now that Boris is back in… Continue reading

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Anti-Semitic double standards: the arts and the Jews

6 August 2014 15:35

‘Would you force anyone else to behave like this?’ the promoters of the UK Jewish Film Festival asked the artistic director of London’s Tricycle Theatre. Indhu Rubasingham and her colleagues… Continue reading

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Why are the reporting restrictions imposed by Hamas not mentioned? (Photo: MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty)

Hamas censors British journalists. Why don’t we care?

3 August 2014 20:46

I wonder if any readers have an answer to this question: Has anybody, throughout this whole conflict around Gaza, heard any reporter inside Gaza, at any time, preface or conclude… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At His Weekly Press Conference

If Miliband really cared about defending British Jews, here’s what he would say

3 August 2014 10:00

In this week’s Spectator, Melanie Phillips argued that supposedly anti-Israel protests over the Gaza war have convulsed Europe in the worst scenes of open Jew-hatred since the 1930s. The most appalling… Continue reading

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Here’s what Cameron should say if he really cares about defending Britain’s Jews

2 August 2014 10:00

In this week’s Spectator, Melanie Phillips argued that supposedly anti-Israel protests over the Gaza war have convulsed Europe in the worst scenes of open Jew-hatred since the 1930s. Even more… Continue reading

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If the Edinburgh Fringe thinks it’s fine to give in to bigots, I might have to give up on the Edinburgh Fringe

31 July 2014 15:38

When is a great international arts festival not a great international arts festival? When it can’t uphold even the most basic principles of free speech. Last night a play by an Israeli… Continue reading

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Podcast: The lure of the crowd, anti-Semitism and Cameron’s uncertain future

31 July 2014 10:34

Hell, as one of Jean-Paul Sartre’s characters said, is other people. Unless, that is, you happen to be British and born after about 1980, in which case hell is the… Continue reading

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Watch: Douglas Murray and Ben Soffa from Palestinian Solidarity Campaign discuss anti-Semitism

30 July 2014 19:16

In this week’s Spectator, Melanie Phillips suggests that anti-Semitism is on the rise, fueled by the events in the Middle East. Douglas Murray and Ben Soffa, Secretary of the Palestine… Continue reading

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Moeen Ali. (Image: Getty)

Moeen Ali reminds us that sometimes sport is the only place for politics

29 July 2014 18:46

Moeen Ali, the England cricketer, faces a possible reprimand after the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s governing body, censured him for wearing two wristbands, one saying ‘Save Gaza’, the other… Continue reading

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A picture taken from the southern Israeli-Gaza border shows rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, on July 19, 2014. (Image: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Jon Snow’s view of the Middle East is biased, inaccurate and dangerous

28 July 2014 15:42

I suppose viewers of Jon Snow’s Channel 4 News don’t expect impartial journalism, any more than viewers of Fox in the States expect their political opponents to get a particularly… Continue reading

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Joan Rivers (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

‘They started it!’ Joan Rivers weighs in on Gaza conflict

28 July 2014 13:44

With characteristic bluntness and admirable concision, Joan Rivers has offered her thoughts on the Israel-Hamas conflict: ‘Let me just tell you, if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York,… Continue reading

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The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

What is the Lib Dems’ problem with ‘the Jews’?

25 July 2014 15:58

The Liberal Democrats have always been a party of contradictions. In the time I’ve been a member, as well as a journalist covering the party, few of its contradictions have… Continue reading

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The poster for Incubator Theatre's 'hip hop opera' The City

Cultural boycotts are ineffective and wrong

25 July 2014 12:57

Scotland’s national poet Liz Lochhead has been at it again. Two years ago she was petitioning against a dance company from Tel Aviv, this year it’s an Israeli theatre company… Continue reading

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Here's the (daily) proof of Hamas's murderous intent. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Lib Dems David Ward and Edward McMillan-Scott on bombing Israel and ‘disputatious Jews’

23 July 2014 7:57

There’s quite a stooshie this morning, following David Ward’s latest contribution to peace in the Middle East. The Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East tweeted yesterday evening: The big question… Continue reading

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Hopeless in Gaza; Israel’s tragically futile war

22 July 2014 12:05

Travelling back from holiday yesterday we had Jeremy Vine’s show on the car radio and the Radio 2 man was talking about the fighting in Gaza and as is often… Continue reading

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Protesters display placards and banners as they take part in a demonstration against Israeli airstrikes in Gaza in central London on July 19, 2014. Image: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

London’s pro-Palestine rally was a disgusting anti-Semitic spectacle

19 July 2014 16:33

Thousands of anti-Semites have today succeeded in bringing central London to an almost total standstill. They marched though the centre of the city before congregating to scream outside the Israeli… Continue reading

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Israel has not forgotten the history and values which underpinned its foundations, and fights to protect them.

The West has drifted away from Israel — and itself

16 July 2014 9:18

Is Israel drifting away from the West? That was Hugo Rifkind’s claim in his column in the magazine last week. Hugo wrote: ‘Israel drifting away. Never mind whose fault it… Continue reading

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